One Book, One School

Each summer Dean Fried recommends a reading to the Mailman School community that highlights an issue that is foundational to the future of public health science, knowledge and impact; is applicable to faculty, students, and staff in all departments; and sets the stage for the coming year. Given Mailman’s current shared commitment to addressing systemic racism, both within our own institution and in society, this year’s reading is How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

About One Book

One Book, One School is an effort led by the Office of Diversity, Culture & Inclusion at Mailman School of Public Health. The goals of the One Book, One School series include:

    • Establishing a shared language for understanding and addressing racism.

    • Providing intentional opportunities and holding space to engage with the text, its key concepts, and other relevant social justice issues.

    • Serving as a hub of resources, such as reading guides, discussion guides, and other materials, as necessary.

    • Furthering Mailman’s commitment to become an  antiracist, multicultural institution.

    • Encouraging participants to learn and apply the knowledge from the series and text in their personal and professional lives.

If you would like to purchase the book, we recommend our local bookstore, Word Up Community bookstore, or a Black-owned bookstore. You can also check your local library or access an eBook from the CUIMC Health Science library here.

Events & Programs

The One Book, One School series will consist of two larger hallmark events and several smaller, deeper discussions facilitated by Columbia staff and/or faculty members. Each event will connect chapters and key concepts from How to Be an Antiracist to Public Health.

The team behind One Book, One School encourages participants to take part in our programming, read How to Be an Antiracist and engage with additional resources. Being truly anti-racist takes time, work, and dedication, therefore we strongly encourage you to explore the resources listed on this page. We look forward to challenging ourselves together.

Next events

November 6, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: One Book, One School Keynote with Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz 

Book & Discussion Resources


Other Works of Interest:

    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    • Critical Race Theory’s Antiracism Approaches: Moving From the Ivory Tower to the Front Lines of Public Health

    • Eloquent Rage by Brittney C. Cooper

    • Heavy by Kiese Laymon

    • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

    • Locking up Our Own by James Forman

    • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

    • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

    • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

    • The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom X

    • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

    • White Fragility by Robin J. DiAngelo